Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00
Carle Place opened up its 2013 varsity football season with a close 35-33 victory at home against Malverne. The Frogs are back in Conference IV, which Head Coach Tim Moran believes is a better fit for the team.
“We’re more familiar with the opponents in this conference,” said Moran. Last season was a struggle for the Frogs in Conference V, as they finished the year with a record of 0-8. The previous four seasons, however, they finished with a very respectable record of 4-4.
The team is returning many of their starters, having lost only five graduating seniors from last year’s team. A majority of the key players will be juniors who gained a “valuable year of experience” last year, according to Moran. One of those juniors will be Andrew Hastings, who will be splitting time at the position with Kevin Kelly. These players will have the task of running the split wing option, which Moran adopted from St. Anthony’s a few years ago. This particular type of offense requires a multi-talented QB that has the ability to not only run and pass but also to read the defense and determine whether to hand the ball off to one of his backs. Moran noted that Andrew Dickson is an example of a QB who ran this offense perfectly for him a couple seasons ago.
Also playing a vital role on offense will be fullback Lucas Golon, who is also a star athlete in basketball and track. Moran expects him to receive a majority of the carries in the backfield. He will be benefitted by a strong offensive line that will be anchored by Walter Hernandez and Josh Jacobs, who both have a chance to play at the collegiate level. The Frogs have sent a few players to the next level in previous years, notably the Artoglou brothers, who played at Alfred and Pace Universities.
The defense will be led by senior Mathew Pascquarella, who will be providing the tough mentality needed for the middle linebacker position.
“I’m looking for a lot of leadership from him,” Moran said in regards to the senior linebacker. Golon will complete the inside linebacker tandem, which could prove to be bad news for opposing offenses.
The Frogs will be playing the role of underdogs this season. The conference foes are not expecting much from Carle Place due to their record last season, but Moran expects the team to be competitive this season and could be more in line with their record of previous seasons.